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Corinne Lillian Whaley (1864-1953) and her mother Anna Eloise Whaley (1832-1913), photo taken September 4, 1893. Anna was known for being a gracious and charming hostess, "loved by all." Lillian inherited her mother's love of music, and sang opera professionally for a short time.

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Anna Eloise Whaley (1832-1913), came to San Diego in 1853, shortly after marrying pioneer merchant Thomas Whaley. She was regarded as a gracious hostess whose home, the magnificent Whaley House, became a center for early San Diego society. The mother of six children, she was also a skilled pianist and singer.

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Francis Hinton Whaley (1854-1914), seated front and center in this c. 1870s tintype, was Thomas and Anna Whaley's first-born child. He was a newspaper publisher, and served as Justice of the Peace in San Luis Rey beginning in 1881. In later life, he was well known as a guide to tourists of Old Town San Diego, operating the one-story wing of the Whaley House as a historical museum.

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George Hay Ringgold Whaley (1860-1928), pictured here as a child c. 1862, was Thomas and Anna Whaley's youngest son. He found his calling in life to be music, and after teaching himself to play the violin, made his first public appearance at Downtown San Diego's Horton Hall in 1880.

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Corinne Lillian Whaley (1864-1953), pictured here about 1901, was the youngest of Thomas and Anna Whaley's six children, and was the last of the Whaleys to reside in the Whaley House. One of the first graduates of Russ High School (now San Diego High School), she was a teacher, opera singer, librarian for the San Diego City Library, and author of a book on early San Diego history called California's Oldest Town.

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Corinne Lillian Whaley (1864-1953), mugs for the camera, c. 1900. A prolific diarist, she chronicled her day-to-day activities for nearly 70 years, and her memories of growing up in nineteenth century San Diego have been invaluable to historians.

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Thomas Whaley (1870s)
San Diego pioneer Thomas Whaley (1823-1890) served at various times as a merchant, city clerk, notary public, real estate agent and investor, and railroad secretary, and from 1858-59 was president of the San Diego City Board of Trustees. He built the historic Whaley House from his own design using bricks made in his own brickyard. He is pictured here in a c. 1870s tintype.

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Thomas Whaley (1823-1890), pictured here in 1887, was called "the handsomest old man in San Diego." A dedicated civic leader, he is considered a pioneer of San Diego.

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Sisters Violet Eloise Whaley (1862-1885) and Corinne Lillian Whaley (1864-1953), pictured here about 1878, were Thomas and Anna Whaley's two youngest children. Violet died tragically at the age of 22, whereas Lillian lived to the ripe old age of 89, residing in the Whaley House until shortly before her death.

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Violet Eloise Whaley (1862-1885) was the fifth child born to Thomas and Anna Whaley. She loved music and the arts, and played both piano and guitar, as well as being an accomplished painter of miniatures. Her tragic death in 1885 has led to her becoming an especially beloved figure for fans of the Whaley House.

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Whaley House Museum, Old Town San Diego, California. San Diego's oldest brick house, built 1856-1857, served as a courthouse, theater, general store, meeting hall, and residence. According to several sources, the house is the number one most haunted house in the United States.

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